24th April 1992

24th April 1992
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Russian Mission Wins Applause

by Cristina Odone CARDINAL Basil Hume's "private" visit to Russia this week has elicited widespread support from leading Catholic and Russian Orthodox church officials. They......

Italian Bank Officials Convicted

AN Italian court has convicted 33 people, including several leading businessmen. of charges relating to the £700 million collapse of the Banco Ambrosiano, Italy's largest......

European Leaders Urged To Aid Medjugorje

A FRANCISCAN priest at the Yugoslavian shrine of Medjugorje has urged European leaders to "open their eyes" and help stop the killing in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Fr Slavko Barbaric,......

Memorial Garden Heals The Hillsborough Wounds

MGR William Kilgannon, Vicar General of the Hallam diocese and parish priest of St Wilfrid's, Abbey, led a dedication service last week for a garden in memory of victims of the......

New Doubts On Escriva

THE ex-secretary to the soon to be beatified founder of Opus Dei has added to the controversy surrounding his achievements by questioning his capacity for ecstatic trances. Far......

Filipino Worshippers Killed In Easter Parade Bomb Chaos

by Timothy Elphick AN EASTER parade turned to chaos in the Philippines on Sunday. when a bomb thrown at a procession exploded in the crowd, killing as many as nine worshippers......

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Bishop-elect Deported During Mass

by Timothy Elphick SECURITY police interrupted a Good Friday service in Malawi this week to serve an expulsion order on an Irishborn priest, giving him 24 hours to leave. The......

Church Embargo Warning

A VATICAN fact-finding team which returned from a mission to Iraq this week has warned that United Nations sanctions are hurting the poor in the devastated country and should he......

Famine Threat Deepens

BISHOPS in famine-hit Sudan this week appealed to international relief agencies not to scale down their efforts in the face of renewed violence in the south of the country.......

Pope Urges Regular Trips To Confessional Box

THE Pope this week urged Catholics to go frequently to confession to demonstrate their awareness of the existence of sin and that forgiveness is not just a personal matter......

Secret Priests' Review

THE Vatican this week denied reports that it had revoked the priestly status of as many as 300 secretly ordained Czechoslovakian clergy. many of whom pre married, and stressed......

Grenades Gut Cathedral As Yugoslav War Rekindles

GRENADES have gutted parts of the Catholic cathedral in Sarajevo, as escalating violence in Bosnia-Herzogovina, Yugoslavia's most ethnically mixed republic, threatens to engulf......

Irish Hierarchy Meets To Discuss Abortion Crisis

THE Irish hierarchy this week met in Dublin to thrash out what position the Catholic bishops should take on forthcoming abortion and EC referenda. But a statement issued on,......

News In Brief

Cut price penitence A FRANCISCAN friar in Massachusetts in the United States is offering penitent Catholics who confess their sins 50 per cent off the penance given, Hail Marys......

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Christian Lobby Group Attracts Mps' Support

by Angus Macdonald SOME 18 of the new MPs in the House of Commons have confirmed their support for the aims of the Movement for Christian Democracy (MCD) the lobbying group......

New Editor Calls For 'serious' Tv Religion

RELIGION remains a subject to be tackled seriously on television, often more so than politics, according to Channel Four's newly appointed editor for talks and religion. Nick......

No Minister: Please Do As Little As Possible

John Richards, for many years a senior civil servant, writes an open letter to the new Secretary of State for Education DEAR Secretary of State, May I congratulate you on your......

News In Brief

Baroness appointed A WOMAN life peer is among those Catholics to receive ministerial appointment in Prime Minister John Major's new government. Baroness Cumherlege has been......

Churches Call For Delay Over New Asylum Bill

THE reintroduction of measures to curb the rights of asylum seekers should be delayed to allow time for consultation. a group of 90 organisations including the major churches......

Viva La Differance And The Similarities

NEARLY 40 pilgrims from the birthplace of France's greatest saint this week came to London to raise their chapeaux to her English equivalent and to acknowledge that the English......

Bishops" Diaries

THE entire Catholic hierarchy of England and Wales comes together this week for its annual Low Week meeting one of two occasions in the year when all our bishops gather to......

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John Patten's

bleak gospel EASTER saw the churchmen's thunder stolen by the politicians. At the one time of year when the thoughts of the Pope and the Archbishop of Canterbury traditionally......

African Paschal Mystery

JOHN BATTLE MP "IF God is good, then why doesn't he send rain to the drought-stricken harvests of Africa?" This is the 1990s expression of Jesus' cry on the cross "My God, my......

Fr John Wijngaards' Theology (april 10) Is Deficient In The

following point: he says that the view that Jesus's death was preordained by God is contrary to the teaching of the scripture. This means ignoring the words of our Lord "How......

Re Peter Hebblethwaite's Charterhouse Column (march 6):...

share his horror and concern over the tragedy of Yugoslavia and the destruction in such places as Vocin, but why combine it with a sneer for Medjugorje? Indeed Medjugorje is not......

I Am Writing In View Of The Number Of Articles

and correspondence with reference to the Converts Aid Society recently published in the Catholic Herald to clarify coy own position. I was the first member of the CAS — I have......

Calling All Choir Girls

MAY I take advantage of your letters page to inform your readers of the existence of the BBC Choir Girl Of The Year competition? This competition, in its seventh year,......

No Regrets At Patten's Demise

I WOULD express quite contrary sentiments to those voiced by Joan Starkey about Chris Patten, the Conservative party chairman (April 17). At 77 years of age, so strongly did I......

Sarah Eggington (april 10) Seems To Claim That...

The parish priests of the 1920s and 1930s taught about the dangers of masturbation. a tendency which is horn in all of us. and which depending on our own strength of character,......

Re Judas (fr John Owen, April 10). Surely We Are

to learn from his fall from grace that Christ loves and welcomes all. No one will be turned from Him, He will never force. Whatever graces we are given, unless we respond, pray......

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The Sacrament Of The Present Moment

Rayner Torkington's thoughts on the seven last words of Christ throughout Lent proved very popular. Here he offers some concluding thoughts on our Lenten efforts I HAVE to......

Kevin Watkins On The Threat To The Third World Posed By...

An unequal trade battle PRIOR to the economic downturn in the United States and Europe which began last year, the industrialised countries had recovered from the deep recession......

Is Money Spent On Trying To Contact Other Civilisations In

the darker corners of the universe well spent? No, says Keith Mitchell Is there anyone out there? Not so far as we can see THE recent announcement that the American space......

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The Sacred Purpose Of Sex

Catholics and Sex by Kate Saunders and Peter Stanford (Heinemann, £15.99) Bishop Cormac Murphy O'Connor CATHOLIC'S and Sex is a very provocative and ill-considered book. As the......

A Jesuit With Spiritual Genius

Laughter and the Love of Friends: Reminiscences of the Distinguished English Priest and Philosopher Martin Cyril D'Arcy SJ collated and edited by William Abell (Christian......

The Arabs Won The West, But Did The West Win The War?

Illusions of Triumph: An Arab View of the Gulf War by Mohamed Heikal (Harper Collins, L17.50) John LaMn FOR British readers, the notion that Allied victory in the war against......

The Interstices Of Life

The Law of White Spaces by Gior g io Pressbur g er (Granta Books, 12.99) Fleur Dorrell "EVERYTHING is written in the white spaces between one letter and the next. The rest......

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John O'leary Explores Co Mayo, Its Coastal Sweeps And Its...

Where the slogans ring true A FRIEND once nobly took his a g ein g g randparent to the Rin g of Kerry, the one part of Ireland that this relative was ea g er to see. Havin g......

A Traveller's Guide To Ireland

SO YOU want to g o to Ireland? The options for g ettin g there are as varied as the depth of your pocket and the len g th of your time-slot, but as ever the canny can pick up g......

In Search Of The Fruit Of The Vine

In his second reportTimothy Elphick looks at the monks and religious whose fine wines grace the tables of the world's gastronomes - WE READ that wine is not at all a drink for......

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Christ On The Silver Screen

BROADCAST NEWS b■ Deborah Thoma , , JESUS Christ Movie Star (Channel 4, Monday) was an Easter special looking at the way the film industry has treated the challenge of putting......

Hallelujah For Handel's History

WINDOWS ON THE SOUL, by Timothy Elphick ITS been a chart-topper for 250 years Handel's Messiah, the oratorio with the Hallelujah Chorus that puts the beat into the feet of even......

The Origins Of The Sunday Celebration With Doubting Thomas

SCRIPTURE NOTEBOOK by Fr John Wijngaards Acts 5, 12-16 Revelation 1,9 7-13, 17-19 John 20, 19-31 TODAY'S gospel reading is taken from John. It tells us J esus esus appeared to......

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A Boot In The Face For The Human Race?

Ronald Rolheiser AS children we live in a dream world, naively believing that there is somewhere a divine magic which can, and will, in the end, wash away all evil, injustice,......

Brian's Brains And Ex-editors

THIS is my first Charterhouse Chronicle under the new editor, Cristina Odone, to whom I extend a welcome. Since my last chronicle was attributed to Gerard Noel. perhaps it was......

Forget Columbus, What About The Prince Of Wales?

Thoughts from a Welsh Parish St Robert's Presbytery Coronation Street Aberkenfig Mid Glamorgan THIS year commemorates the so called "discovery" of America by Columbus in 1492.......